Conor McGregor kicked a hornet's nest on Friday. Speaking with the media on a conference call to promote UFC 202, the pay-per-view kingpin was asked if he had any interest in making the jump to professional wrestling in the WWE. His response to the question was both unkind and NSFW, and his opinions on the current crop of wrestlers? Well, again, unkind and NSFW.
While the talent didn't seem to catch his actual interview, McGregor's smarmy non-apology on Twitter led to an absolute tidal wave of bile being thrown his way on Sunday morning:
Some of it was tongue-in-cheek, of course. Six-time world champion Chris Jericho jokingly questioned the legitimacy of McGregor's wins, while tag team champions Big E and Kofi Kingston both took fun jabs at him:
A number of the wrestlers took shots at McGregor's size. Among them were WWE main eventers AJ Styles (who is billed as 5'11", 218 lbs) and Roman Reigns (6'3", 265 lbs).
His Irish brothers and sisters didn't go easy on him either:
Some of the wrestlers who responded were...less nice, particularly former stars MVP and Kurt Angle:
The angriest of the lot, however, seemed to be the legendary Ric Flair, who fired three angry tweets McGregor's way over his words:
It's unclear how much of this was serious on the wrestlers' part. As MMAjunkie's Brent Brookhouse and Middle Easy's Justin Golightly hinted at on Twitter, it feels like this may simply be both parties trading publicity. As combat sports writer David Bixenspan explained, the history is there to suggest McGregor may be looking to get his own Ronda Rousey moment at one of the major upcoming WWE events.
Either way, this stuff is both fun and easy to read into. Enjoy this ride, fans.